1 Year Since Beijing: Where Are They Now?
by Brendan Rourke
A view of the Olympic cauldron during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 20, 2022 in Beijing.
Over the past 17 days, Team USA has been highlighting 12 incredible moments that occurred during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Since then, some athletes have continued to compete, while some have decided to start a new chapter in their historic lives. Let's take a look at what these athletes are up to since the Games.
Deedra Irwin competes in the women's 7.5-km sprint at the IBU World Championships Biathlon Oberhof on Feb. 10, 2023 in Oberhof, Germany.
After securing the best-ever finish by an American in an Olympic individual biathlon event, Irwin has continued to race on the IBU World Cup circuit. The 30-year-old Wisconsin native who resides in Vermont still competes in several disciplines, including the mixed relay, individual sprint and individual pursuit. She is currently competing with Team USA at the 2023 World Biathlon Championships in Oberhof, Germany. The competition runs until Feb. 19. Her best finish in the event so far has been 13th in the mixed relay. Her best finish of this season came in the single mixed relay event in Pokljuka, Slovenia, where she finished sixth with teammate Paul Schommer.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle competes in the men's super-G at the FIS Alpine World Championships on Feb. 09, 2023 in Courchevel, France.
Since following up his mother's gold medal from 50 years ago by securing his own hardware, Ryan Cochran-Siegle is still an active downhill and super-G ski racer on the world's highest circuit. The super-G silver medalist currently ranks 27th in the 2022-23 FIS World Cup Standings, and recently competed at the 2023 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Courchevel Maribel, France. On Feb. 7, the Vermont native took home an eighth-place finish in the Super-G World Cup speed event. His highest World Cup finish in the downhill discipline so far has been fifth place on Dec. 28, 2022 in Bormio, Italy.
Lindsey Jacobellis celebrates during the women's snowboard cross medal ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 09, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
Since capturing her gold medal Beijing, Lindsey Jacobellis has continued racing and training for various snowboard cross events. In an Instagram post published two weeks ago, Jacobellis mentioned she was "breaking in" some new equipment, including a few new snowboards before the next FIS Snowboard World Cup race in Cortina, Italy, which occurred on Feb. 4. Currently, the Connecticut native sits in ninth place in the FIS World Cup standings in snowboard cross. So far, she has posted a season-high fifth-place finish on Dec. 17, 2022 in Cervinia, Italy.
Nathan Chen poses during the figure skating gala exhibition of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 20, 2022 in Beijing.
Since breaking a world record en route to securing the gold medal in figure skating, Nathan Chen has been hitting the books. The Salt Lake City, Utah native stepped away from figure skating after the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 to focus on his studies at Yale University. In an October 2022 interview with Olympics.com, Chen stated that he is focused on "getting through school, which is taking up the bulk of [his] time." After school is finished, he will then evaluate his figure skating future.
Chloe Kim celebrates during the women's snowboard halfpipe medal ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 10, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
After winning her second consecutive gold medal in women's halfpipe, Chloe Kim decided to take a new direction in 2022-23. The California native told reporters from USA TODAY that she would take off the 2022-23 snowboarding to "reset" and focus on her mental health. However, she also stated that she will be back competing in the future, and has hopes to compete in the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026.
Shaun White shows emotion in the men's snowboard halfpipe final during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 11, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
Since sliding down the halfpipe for the final time in Beijing, Shaun White has enjoyed a peaceful retirement. Among his many hobbies, White and his brother, Jesse, have started an athletic clothing brand line. Additionally, he is a frequent user of TikTok under the username "shaunwhite." On the app, White posts frequently about his personal snowboarding adventures.
Nick Baumgartner celebrates winning the gold medal in the snowboard mixed team cross big final during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 12, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
After Nick Baumgartner teamed up with Lindsey Jacboellis to win the first-ever mixed team snowboard cross gold, he is back on the FIS Snowboard World Cup circuit competing in snowboard cross. The Michigan native currently ranks 19th in the overall standings. On Dec. 17, 2022, he picked up a ninth place finish in Cervinia, Italy. Most recently, he finished 13th while competing at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Erin Jackson celebrates in the women's 500-meter medal ceremony during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 14, 2022 in Beijing.
Although it has been a year since Erin Jackson made history by becoming the first Black athlete to win an individual gold medal in the Winter Olympics, Jackson continues to see its effects. She recently talked to Team USA about that moment, and how she wants to continue paying it forward. Jackson is still competing on the ISU World Cup circuit in the 500-meter race. She has also tried to expand her repertoire by competing in the 1000 races as well. Currently, Jackson is third overall in the women's 500 standings, with the world championships coming up in March.
(L-R): Elana Meyers Taylor and Kaillie Humphries celebrate in the women’s monobob medal ceremony during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 14, 2022 in Yanqing, China.
After becoming the most decorated Black Winter Olympian in history, Elana Meyers Taylor has stepped away from bobsledding to focus on raising a family. Per Taylor's Instagram post, she welcomed her second child approximately two months ago. Meanwhile, Kaillie Humphries has continued her reign as one of the best bobsled pilots in the world. Teaming up with push athlete Kaysha Love, the duo secured the bronze medal at this year's world championships. For Humphries, it is her eighth career medal in the two-woman event, setting a new record for the most world championship medals. Additionally, Humphries recently opened up to Team USA about her IVF journey.
Alexander Hall competes in the men's freeski big air qualifications during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on Dec. 14, 2022 in Copper Mountain, Colo.
After securing a gold medal in Beijing, Alex Hall is back on the world cup circuit competing in the freeski slopestyle discipline once again. The Alaska native currently ranks third in the slopestyle points standings, two spots ahead of teammate Colby Stevenson. Hall has finished inside the top 10 over the last four world cup stops, including a second-place finish on Jan. 22 in Laax, Switzerland. He also secured a ninth-place finish in the big air event at Copper Mountain, Colorado.
Abby Roque shoots during the first period against Canada on Nov. 20, 2022 in Seattle.
Abby Roque, who became the first Indigenous athlete to play for the U.S. women's Olympic hockey team, is still providing her talents to the squad. In the 2022 IIHF Women's World Championship, the forward notched five goals and three assists over seven games played. So far during the 2022-23 Rivalry Series against Canada, Roque has tallied one goal and one assist through five games.
Jessie Diggins celebrates after taking first place in the FIS Cross Country World Cup women's 10-km individual on Dec. 2, 2022 in Lillehammer, Norway.
The most decorated U.S. cross-country skier of all time is still skiing for more as Jessie Diggins is back on the world cup circuit. The Minnesota native currently ranks second overall in the world cup points standings. Most recently, she picked up two third-place finishes and a second-place finish at the world cup stop in Toblach, Italy on Feb. 3-5. On Dec. 18, she secured a first-place finish in the 20km freestyle ski race in Davos, Switzerland.
Brendan Rourke is a Digital Media Assistant for the USOPC. Previously, he spent three years writing for the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and is a graduate of IUPUI's Sports Capital Journalism Program.